Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I'm dreaming of a white DAY-AFTER Christmas

We woke up to a fresh blanket of snow. Not much, but enough to have to shovel and enough to play in. Noah helped shovel, and Phantom ate his weight in snow.

Here is a fun video of Phantom. Maybe you can get a better sense of how cute he is, because in the pictures it's hard to tell what he even looks like, he is SO BLACK!

The Trees behind our house covered in frost and snow made for a beautiful winter backdrop for all our photos.

The kids managed to scrape every bit of snow from the backyard together to build this little guy. They put him up on the little tykes slide so that Phanton wouldn't eat himAfter everyone was in there was hot chocolate and left over pie. mmmmmm, snow is good.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Sarah was happy to receive a bunch of Land's End clothes, the DS game she has been wanting "forever", and Season 2 of "Mork & Mindy, her favorite television show, and a battery book light that clips on the spine so she can read in the car and late at night when she's supposed to be sleeping.
Noah received some clothes and Converse Hi-tops, Season 2 of the Muppet Show, a Star Wars Lego watch. and his long-awaited Nintendo DS. Noah wins the award for the best expression and speechless grin. He had no idea that he would get his DS and was totally surprised. When he first opened the package all he saw was the Star Wars Lego game, and he was happy enough - but then Sarah said, questionably, "That's for a DS?" Then Noah looked down and saw the other box and realized that he got a DS to go along with the game!!!
Micah received some clothes and Converse Hi-tops, 2 brand new Veggie Tales DVDs, the Playmobil Pirate Ship, and a Playmobil Pirate Captain.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve this year began at the home of our friends. We had a spaghetti dinner and then exchanged some presents.

Sarah was excited to get some cute toe socksWe gave them a fun family game

Then it was on to the Christmas Even candle lit service at our church. The kids' choir sang 2 songs. Noah and Micah were a part of the kid's choir and performed 2 songs. Sarah is a part of the adult choir, but none of those pictures turned out. It was a lovely service.After church we went caroling, and then to our friends' house nearby for an open house. It was a great time of fellowship with lots of Christmas goodies. I didn't take the camera out of my bag though! We headed home in a dense fog about 9:00 PM and as per our family tradition, the kids get to open their stockings. The got chocolate and their yearly Hallmark ornament. This years Christmas Eve stockings have been brought to you by Grandma & Grandpa in Florida.

This was Micah's first year to get an ornament not part of the "1st years" club. He received a little mouse sleeping in a crayon box in celebration for his love for drawing and school. Noah received a piano ornament that plays a few Christmas songs. All of which he, himself, can play I might add. Sarah received a puppy ornament where she can put an actual photo of her dog, Phantom, in it. As soon as the ornaments were opened and a piece of chocolate had been eaten it was off to bed for these 3 very excited little ones.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas in Killarney

Sarah has been taking Irish Dance for about 3 months now. She has been LOVING it, with a capital "L". Sarah had a blast participating in her first recital. She danced an easy reel, a slip jig, and a change-heel-toe.
The video is the slip jig, and when they form a circle, bend down and come up doing a fluttery hand movement type of thing you can spot Sarah right in the front with white socks and a pony tail.

Here are a few pictures: Sarah with some of her best friends who also dance, trying to take pictures of her dancing, pictures of her after the show with her flowers, her family and her beloved instructor, Mrs. Mary. We're so proud of her.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Home School Christmas Party

Our annual home-school Christmas party this year was held at the skating rink on base. It is always a fun time to get together with lots of other Christian home schooling families.

Sarah and her friends were in charge of the face-painting booth. Sarah didn't skate but she had a great time hanging out with her friends and painting faces.

Micah did not skate, but had a great time trying out all the other activities there. He decorated cookies, a Christmas tree cone, and painted an ornament.

Noah had a great time skating, here he is skating the LIMBO. He and his friends spent almost all 3 hours on wheels.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

O! Christmas Tree

On Saturday Rob and Noah worked at the boy scout tree-sales. They came home smelling like pine and full of sap (and bellies full of hot chocolate and cookies). After their shift they picked out our tree and brought it home. Rob put the lights on after the kids went to bed Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon, in between church and night-church, we decorated the tree. Rob wanted to make sure Phantom had a share in all my picture taking.

The 2008 Murphy Christmas tree. Looks Great. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We are all heartbroken. Kim Blum lost her fight with cancer at the age of 33. She is the wife of my favorite cousin Erich (35) they had been married for 16 years, and the mother of Kristina (15), Erich Jr. (14), and Ashley (8 or 9?).
Kim has been battling a rare form of stomach cancer for a long time. She had complications from it before her youngest was even born, but it went undiagnosed as cancer until a couple years back. She fought ceaselessly, aggressively, and so very bravely.
Kim and Erich have been together since before High School, I've know her all my life. She was a wonderful wife and an excellent mother. She was devoted to those kids and they to her. She also made me LAUGH! She was FUNNY! I remember hanging out with them when they'd come see us in Missouri or we'd go to see them in Illinois and we would have such FUN times. I love her and will miss her terribly.
Here is a link to the obituary in their local paper.... click here
I have shared Kim's story with all my acquaintance and you have cried and prayed with me through her roller coaster of ups and downs with this terrible illness, so here is Erich's address if you'd like to send him and the kids a card.
34070 N. Lilac Ave.
Grayslake IL 60030
I am including a picture that I took of their family in 2001 when we stayed with them in Illinois. I have more recent pictures, but none on my computer. The kids look so small in this photo, but Kim looks great.

Friday, November 23, 2007

At the Movies

On Friday we went to see Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium at the theater on base. We met a bunch of our friends there and all had a great time. After the movie a few families went out for pizza and just kept the fun going! Rylan, Curran, Sarah and Sarah
A Lot of BOYS in a row

The Beautiful "B" sistersvideo games at the pizza place

Derek and Mr. M win a game of table tennis. Stella and Grace splash in a puddle of spilled water (it was better than the movie!!)

Thursday, November 22, 2007


On this Thanksgiving we had our traditional meal with our church. During the service before the meal we prayed to give thanks for our country, our family, and our church. During each "section" of the service people were invited to stand up and share why they were thankful for that particular thing. While people were sharing praises for family my friend Sandy stood up. She said that it was hard for her to be so far away this year with her dear mother, LuLu, ill and awaiting a liver transplant. As the older daughter she feels a pull to be there and to be with family, but even though that pull is strong she, her husband, and her kids were exactly where they were supposed to be - WITH FAMILY right here in the church. It was very emotional and moving. I don't have any more eloquent words to sum up the day. We spent it with family.
After the meal we hung out and played games, visited, and danced. Not danced like a "club" (I have an image in my head of my dear Pastor beneath a disco ball, it's just not right), but like you would "see" in a Jane Austen novel. One of the dances was called the Virginia Reel, and we did several others but I can not tell you the names.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Noah participated in his 3rd Pine-Wood Derby this year. He is in his 3rd year of scouting, working on earing his Bear patch. His car (which was ALL his own work) took 4th place out of all the other competing Bears. We are proud of him, and he had a terrific time.

Noah helping work the concession stand.

Noah watching his car race, and WIN!! Here are a few of the cars ready to race. Noah's is the one you can see on the very end.Noah takes a break from his busy snacking schedule (which is 75% of race-day fun) to watch his car win this race!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Phantom of the Frozen Tundra

Phantom LOVES it when we take him outside the same time as our neighbors dog, Baloo, is out. They have fun playing together and running around like the crazy puppies they are. We had our first snow fall here and discovered something new about our puppy: HE LOVES, LOVES, LOVES snow!! He would sit at the door and WHINE to be let out, and when he got there he would just dive into the snow and play and play and play. He would have stayed outside all day. When Noah made a snow ball and threw it for Phantom, he caught up to it and promptly ate it all in one gulp.......... Here he is coming in after playing for at least an hour in the freshly fallen snow.
The snow has all melted now, but there's more in the forecast and we can't wait to take the puppy sledding!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Honoring Vetern's Day

Lorraine American Cemetery in France
The largest American military cemetery of World War II in Europe. 10,489 war dead of the United Sates of America from World War II rest here. Most of those buried here died during the advance to the Rhine and the advance across Germany in the spring of 1945. Additionally, the names of the 444 Americans whose remains were never recovered or not identified are inscribed on the walls on either side of the memorial. A bronze rosette marks the names of those who were subsequently found. 151 headstones mark the graves of "unknowns".
On the VERY COLD Monday after Veteran's day we drove to St. Avold, France to visit this cemetery. It was a very humbling experience and a good way to remember......
After walking around the memorial and cemetery we went to "Cora", a super store comparable to "super Target" in the States, only IN FRANCE! Then we stopped for supper at a McDonald's and ate French Fries in France (only they're called "pommes fritas" there). A nice day spent with good friends.